In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the significance of Christmas, the choice we have to make, and the meaning of the judgement to come. Here are some excerpts:

The Choice

“…So you and I, not only at Christmas, but every day we live, must ask this personal question, “In which group do I stand?” Am I amongst those who love the light, or am I one of those who love the darkness? Those who love the light are not perfect people; they invariably acknowledge and lament the fact that they fall far short of what God would have them be; but they are sincerely committed to Christ, and honestly want to be delivered from everything that is out of harmony with His will for them. Those who love the darkness are those who, even though they may profess to be religious, nevertheless say “No” to Christ, because there are base things in their lives which they love and which they will not give up. I ask again — to which group do you belong?…

The King of Righteousness

“…The coming of Christ is the coming of the King of Righteousness Who will by no means clear the guilty; and how shall we stand before Him if our lives are corroded by thoughts, deeds, motives and prejudices which are diametrically opposed to everything He stands for?…”

“…Let us each year celebrate Christmas but let us welcome His coming for what it is — a judgment upon our lives. Our King has already come and summons us by His grace to enter the Kingdom where He is sovereign, the Kingdom in which He desires us to serve Him with joy…”

“…Let us submit humbly to His refining, cleansing work. We know on the authority of Holy Scripture that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” in His sight (Isaiah 64:6).Therefore, let us claim, by faith, the perfect righteousness of Him Who always did those things that pleased His Father…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

December 22, 1991

Malachi 3:1,2

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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